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Director Zack Snyder has been on a bit of a Star Wars kick lately, tweeting out various pictures from the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice set that riff on classic Star Wars visuals. This morning J.J. Abrams and his production company Bad Robot have struck back. A YouTube clip entitled "Hunka Junk" features a long, lingering tour of the exterior of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars: Episode VII, accompanied by John Williams' classic score. Midway through, the music shifts into Hans Zimmer's work from The Dark Knight trilogy, with the camera eventually settling upon a small addition to
- Bryan Bishop
The video below shows us what Star Wars' throne room scene would be like if Luke and Han make their way down the aisle to receive their medals without John Williams' score to set the tone... What do you get when you take the victory music out of the victory celebration? A painfully slow sequence of moments, where everything seems just a little bit off. What a difference a good score makes. The video above comes courtesy Auralnauts's Youtube Channel, and as you've surely noticed, John Williams' powerful score is omitted right around the point where Luke, Han and Chewbacca are approaching Princess Leia, who's ready to offer them their awards, exchange some knowing smiles and receive that charming wink Han Solo throws Leia's way. Except the wink and the smiles seem a little less charming in this context. It isn't just the lack of music that »
When people think of movies, they tend to think of larger-than-life images playing out across a silver screen. It’s easy to forget that the sound of a film can be just as important as the visuals selected by a director and cinematographer when it comes to creating mood, or, well, just not making things awkward. We learn this firsthand in this Star Wars video showing Episode IV’s throne room scene without John Williams’ iconic score. The guys over at Auralnauts have posted the clip to their YouTube channel, and it’s a fantastic example of just how important music is in some of our favorite scenes. Watch as Luke, Han and Chewie march in silence to meet Princess Leia at her podium – without Williams’ rousing victory music, our three...
- Mike Bracken
On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.
Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »
- Michelle McCue
The very last scene of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, when Luke and Han receive their medals of valor from Princess Leia is extremely awkward when John Williams' classic score isn't there. YouTube user Auralnauts posted the video with the music removed, and what we're left with is coughs, nods, waddles, some weird Wookie growls, and an awkward wink. It's pretty amusing, and it shows you just how important a great musical score is to a film.
- Joey Paur
But what would happen if Williams's dynamic score was removed from a key scene in the 1977 blockbuster?
YouTube user Auralnauts attempted to find that out by removing all music from the climactic throne room sequence from A New Hope.
The result is a lot of awkward smiling from Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia - and not a single word is spoken!
More than anything else, the experiment proves the value of Williams's iconic score. »
When you think about Star Wars, you likely immediately recall some key things about the series: lightsabers, the force, the Death Star, some quoted lines, and the music. John Williams' score for the entire Star Wars saga is an indelible and important part of film history. You cannot go to a Fourth of July fireworks show without hearing it. Hell, even sporting events around the world use cues from the score for various reasons during games. But, what would Star Wars have been like without »
- Alex Maidy
Move over, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford — the most important person involved in Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope is definitely John Williams. A newly uploaded clip of the final scene of A New Hope shows the value of the film composer's vital contribution of his song "The Throne Room." After a few brief seconds of music to show Luke Skywalker and Hans Solo's entry to receive medals from Princess Leia, the sound is then limited to ambient noise. Lots of nods, coughs and waddles, plus a pretty awkward wink. Of course, Chewbacca still breaks
- Ashley Lee
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Star Wars minus John Williams; Nick Offerman’s Advice to College Freshmen; St. Peter meets Gaston; Jimmy Fallon goes pool bowling with Hugh Jackman; and see James Franco As Napoleon Dynamite in Pulp Fiction. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Star Wars Minus Williams – Throne Room
This may not end up having anything to do with our version of Ep 4. Then again, it just might. Either way, we enjoyed it too much to keep it to ...
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- Justin Vactor
What happens when you remove John Williams’ score from Star Wars? It becomes a funny, surrealist masterpiece, if the video below is any indication. The video posted by Auralnauts depicts the final scene in A New Hope—the one that uses Williams’ “The Throne Room”—with just ambient noise. R2D2 clanks around without any beeps, and Han, Luke, and Leia trade smiles that now just might make you want to scream. At least Chewbacca breaks the silence.
For comparison, watch the original: »
- Esther Zuckerman
Jurassic Park, a film 65 million years in the making, captured the imagination of a generation. Firmly locked into most people’s favourite films of their childhood the film will soon be getting a fourth instalment in the shape of next year’s hotly awaited Jurassic World. The new film will star the newly a-list Chris Pratt as he takes on all the creatures that the new park has to offer.
Recently though one of the stars of the original, Jeff Goldblum made an appearance on American show Late Night with Seth Meyers, during which he sang the theme tune. That’s right someone out there in the world has taken the time to construct lyrics for the iconic John Williams score. Even odder, somehow Goldblum stumbled across the words and committed a few lines to memory. He then proceeded to share the lyrics with the audience who then joined in »
- Kat Smith
Oh, Jeff Goldblum. The multifaceted entertainer, who next up stars in the action-comedy Mortdecai with Johnny Depp and Gwyneth Paltrow, took his talents to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday—Seth made sure to ask Goldblum about the lyrics he's rumored to have written to go with the instantly recognizable theme music from the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park. As it turns out, Goldblum denied doing the writing himself. But, "one can go on the Internet, as I did a while ago," he explained, and find such a thing. "I only learned a piece of it." So apparently someone took the liberty of writing lyrics for the John Williams-composed music, just not »
It's been a full 21 years since the release of Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park, but the magic has not disappeared from the film one iota since its release. Certainly helping maintain the film's iconic stature in pop culture is John Williams' amazing score, which is an inclusion on every list of great cinematic music. Now, however, that classic theme has gotten a lyric-covered update, and the man spreading the good word about it is none other than Dr. Ian Malcolm himself, Jeff Goldblum. As you can see in the video embed above, the actor was a guest this week on Late Night With Seth Meyers, and one hallmark moment of his appearance was when he got the entire crowd to "sing the lyrics" to John Williams' Jurassic Park theme. Goldblum didn't actually write the song himself, instead giving that credit to someone from the internet he couldn't identify, »
There's no doubt that one of the most revered performances Jeff Goldblum has given in his eclectic career is that of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park. If Goldblum is recognized on the street, it's likely because of the Steven Spielberg modern classic. And while he won't be back for Jurassic World, he's still had some fun running from a Tyrannosaurs Rex in a wedding photo that's gone viral online. And now he's talking about Jurassic Park all over again in his appearance last night on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Did you know that Jeff Goldblum has become aware of original lyrics to John Williams iconic theme? Watch below! Here's Jeff Goldblum singing his own version of the Jurassic Park theme on "Late Night" via NBC: Someone needs to get Goldblum to do a professional recording of this version of the theme immediately. Funny or Die could definitely make this happen, »
- Ethan Anderton
Jurassic Park sex symbol Jeff Goldblum—come on, you know what shot I’m talking about—knows some lyrics to John Williams’ classic score for the dinosaur movie, and he trotted them out on last night’s Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Goldblum did not take credit for the song’s lyrics—”Somebody else wrote this, I know not whom,” he said. But this isn’t the first time he’s performed them. For instance, he’s been known to use them when performing with his band, the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, as NPR and GQ have reported. On Late Night, »
- Esther Zuckerman
Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate are the composers of Magnolia Picture’s “Frontera”. What makes them so unique? They've never met in person. Join us as we talk with them about their interesting and unique working relationship.
Working partnerships are common in the movie-making industry. Pooling together knowledge and talent is one way to create a more appealing and more complete product. Furthermore, for large projects with lots of work to do and tasks to complete, it makes the burden easier to bear (we all know how helpful it can be to have a shoulder to lean on). What is not common is having such partnerships develop across an ocean and not in person. For Kenneth Lampl and Darren Tate, that's exactly what happened.
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Since there have been films, there have been film scores. Even at in the very beginning, pianists had to improvise music on the spot for silent films when otherwise there would just be the shuffling of the audience. Now film composing has become an art form, with iconic cinematic melodies cementing themselves as an important part of pop culture.
Scores are in a genre of their own. They can be said to be somewhere between classical music with their optional orchestras, and pop music with their accessibility. A lot is at stake for a good film score, they can be so subtle that it’s a tedious drone or they can be so overbearing that the film suffers from it entirely.
Some scores don’t even need the film beside them to work as many people listen to them separately. Therapeutic scores help us relax and exciting scores pump us up. »
- Jack Moulton
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
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Of all the Star Wars Prequels, The Phantom Menace seems to get the most flak from the fans. While I feel a lot of that is misguided, I’m here to talk about the one thing that just about all fans seemed to enjoy about the film: the final showdown between Darth Maul, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Qui-Gon Jinn. Come inside to learn more about why I feel this is one of the better action sequences in the Star Wars series and worthy of remembering.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month we're diving into our favorite action scenes in movies, exploring what makes them great, and why they get our hearts racing every time!
As I said, I »
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John Williams and the Walt Disney Concert Hall have a bit of shared history that not many people know about. In 2003, when the hall first opened, Williams penned a special tune to commemorate the event - Soundings. That piece, along with a lot of others from the storied career of John Williams, are going to be performed at the Los Angeles Philharmonic's opening gala on September 30th. Before you ask, yes, they will be playing Star Wars music, as no concert of Williams' music would be complete without a couple of tunes from the galaxy far far away. However, as an added treat, gala attendees will be getting an eyeful of concept art from the Lucasfilm vault! The L.A. Times had all of the details, stating that Star Wars will be featured at the opening concert, as well as "a video projection using concept art from the Lucasfilm archive. »
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